'Best New Downtown Event' returns to Springfield
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[August 27, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- The "Best New
Downtown Event of 2011" returns to Springfield as Symphony on the
Square, featuring the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, art and fresh
market produce. The event will be on Saturday in and around the Old
State Capitol Plaza.
Events will start with the Old Capitol Farmersí Market from 8 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.
At noon the Old State Capitol State Historic Site
will be filled with living history characters from the mid-1800s,
part of the highly successful "History Comes Alive" program, and
crafts for kids, courtesy of the Springfield Area Arts Council. They
will be joined by furry friends from the Animal Protective League.
Artists from the Prairie Art Alliance, Sangamon Watercolor
Society and the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society will be on hand
doing live art demonstrations starting at 4 p.m.
Guests can enjoy the final presentation of "Lincoln and
Shakespeare" inside the Old State Capitol at 5 p.m.
Then, the free Labor Day concert by the Illinois Symphony
Orchestra will begin at 6 p.m. on the Old State Capitol lawn.
Symphony on the Square in Springfield is presented by the
Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Old State Capitol. The concert
is sponsored by AAA, Brandt and the State Journal-Register.
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The Illinois Symphony
Orchestra is one of the cultural leaders in central Illinois,
bringing critically acclaimed concerts and education programs to
diverse audiences. The upcoming 2012-2013 season welcomes a new
music director, Alastair Willis.
Old State Capitol State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open for free public
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic